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Roasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad

Toasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad

An extra day off for me typically means more opportunity to get into trouble. Staying up extra late, extra wine in my glass, extra large pancake breakfasts (did someone say pancakes? A brand new stack is headed your way this week!), prolonged time in the sun, a new lobster hue to my skin. As I sit and write this post in my bathing suit at 1 am, I’m going to go ahead and say every weekend should be a three day weekend.

Happy Memorial Day, my friends! I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend celebrating the holiday with your loved ones. It may be a bank holiday, but that don’t mean we can’t fire up the ol’ intraverse and gander at Memorial Day recipes!  Since we’re busy getting ourselves into trouble, let us delve into a fast, healthy, in-season salad.

Have you seen all the stone fruit popping up all over the place in the grocery store? The peaches, the cherries, the apricots, the nectarines. Spring has brought us a bounty of delicious produce and making a tasty salad out of our spring fruit is a dern good idea. Does this salad have the ability to heal sunburn? No. But it’s fresh, springy, easy to make in a hurry and tastes great!

Looking for more tasty salad recipes? Check it:

Roasted Sweet Potato Pesto Salad from The Roasted Root

Southwest Kale Salad with Cumin Ginger Sage Dressing from The Roasted Root

A Spring Salad from Roost

Roasted Carrot and Beet Salad with Tahini Dressing from Dishing up the Dirt

Raw Detox Salad with Apple Miso Dressing from Coffee & Quinoa

Blueberry Pistachio Spring Salad with Pomegranate – Honey Dressing from Simply Scratch

Brussel Slaw with Hazelnuts and Dates from Feasting at Home

Stay safe, my lovekins. And wear your sunblock. Lobster is a painful shade of skin.

I adapted this Toasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad recipe from Cooking Light. Check out their Healthy Grilled Burgers for Memorial Day for some last minute grilling ideas!

Toasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad

Roasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad

A fresh, unique salad recipe with apricots and roasted chickpeas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 Servings


  • 1 15- ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 large ripe apricots, pitted and sliced
  • 6 cups baby arugula leaves, or mixed greens
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the garbanzo beans with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the ground cumin and a pinch of cinnamon and salt.
  • Spread garbanzo beans on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring half-way through.
  • In a salad bowl or mixing bowl, whisk together the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt and pepper.
  • Add the red onion and apricots and mix to coat in oil.
  • Add the arugula (or mixed greens) and mix.
  • Once the garbanzo beans are out of the oven, add them to the salad warm, along with the feta cheese and toss together.
  • Serve in heaping portions with some delicious barbecue and enjoy!


Serving: 1grams
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, easy healthy recipes, gluten free, gluten free recipes, healthy low carb recipes, healthy recipes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Julia

Toasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad

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Laura (Tutti Dolci)

Wednesday 29th of May 2013

I love apricots and chickpeas - this is my kind of salad!

ashley - baker by nature

Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Hooray for 3 day weekends! And double hooray for gorgeous salads like this one!!!


Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Looks amazing, Julia! And I couldn't agree more...that extra day to the weekend sure makes a difference! I feel more refreshed this morning than ever ;).


Tuesday 28th of May 2013

Loving this salad!! Let's all hang out around a fire pit, have a few too many and eat some darn GOOD food :)

dishing up the dirt

Monday 27th of May 2013

first of all, thanks for the shout out lady!!! Second of all, this salad may not heal a sunburn, but I'm pretty sure it can heal just about anything else. Yummy!!! And hey, sometimes a girl just needs a lot of wine. Cheers!

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